The Bluejacket series is interesting design for home building… Tom Lathrop has attempted to address a problem with planing boats, i.e. that they are fine on plane, but behave very poorly between hull speed and plane.
Mr. Lathrop had a list of design goals:
- Light enough and small enough to be easily trailerable with a family vehicle.
- Capable of economic cruising at 12 to 14 mph with a top speed of at least 50% higher.
- Seaworthy in coastal and inshore waters.
- Economical in and out of the water.
- Sitting headroom over the berths in the sleepingÂ cabin and standing headroom in the pilothouse.
- Classic lines.
- Comfortable for cruising with a crew of two for a week or more.
- A private head with standing headroom.
That covers a lot of it, doesn’t it?
Also check out his cruise log/blog covering the Ontario Waterways.
I tend to keep sites that are "interesting" to me open in a tab on my browser… its interesting to me that I’ve had a Bluejacket tab open for probably months, but haven’t really looked at it. Back when I ran across it, it wasn’t a design that was that interesting to me. As my plans have been changing and I go back and revisit it, I find that this is worth a lot closer look. And in the mean time, Tom has updated his page 🙂